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15 Piano Apps To Help You Learn To Play

Learning to play the piano is easier than ever before thanks to fantastic piano apps. Piano apps help you save the cost of expensive private lessons, plus they allow you to learn at your own pace on your own schedule.

As of March 2017, there are 2.8 million apps available on Google Play and 2.2 million apps available on the Apple App Store, according to Statista [1].

Those are some big numbers. Finding the best app for you may require some digging. But don’t worry, we’ve taken the guesswork out of finding the best piano apps to help you learn to play. Here are the top ten.

Disclaimer: We are not affiliated with any of the app nor earning any commission by referring you to specific app below.

15 Best Piano Apps for Beginners

Playing the piano can add to your life in many ways. You may be learning to play as a new hobby or to cross it off the bucket list. But did you know that playing the piano can help fight depression and anxiety too?

Playing an instrument appeals to our nature by giving us a sense of accomplishment. Besides that, it engages different parts of the brain and can be extremely meditative.

If your association with music lessons is a grouchy instructor smacking hands with a ruler, you can rest assured those days are long gone. You can take complete control of your desire to learn the piano with one of these great piano apps.

  1. FlowKey

    This app will develop new playing techniques while enhancing your previously learned skills. The videos of the app will let you be decisive and strategic towards the hand movements on the piano. Moreover, the app is inscribed with many YouTubers and professional pianists around the world. Free on the iTunes App Store

  2. Piano Maestro by JoyTunes

    Piano Masero is an engaging and practicing app. Most importantly it is chosen as the best educational app by Apple. The app is developed by the award-winning app developers, “JoyTunes.” You will notice remarkable progress in your playing piano once you start using the app. It is even used as a resource lesson by may of the pianists and teachers worldwide. Free on the iTunes App Store.

  3. Note Quest: Piano Flash Cards

    These piano flashcards will ease the life of pianists. The first few notes are purposefully meant for the beginners. Note Quest guarantees you to learn the piano within 30 days. Few drills can make you a professional from a beginner. Moreover, besides note reading note quest is determined to improve the sight reading as well. Free on the iTunes App Store.

  4. DoReMi Trainer – FindDoReMi

    The DoReMi Trainer will make you independent for reading sheet music. Besides teaching music, the app is incredible for rehearsing the solfeggio or letter notation. The app comes with three practice modes Treble, Contras, and Mixed mode. Each has its significance and goes hand-in-hand with one another. The moment you can answer the letter notation correctly you are no longer in need of  DoReMi Trainer app. Secondly you can be free from using the app once you learn to play the instrument without even stopping it. Free on the iTunes App Store.

  5. PIANO QUIZ

    The app will train you to recognize musical pitch in no time. Few exercises are there to assist you with a better understanding of playing piano.Additionally, theoretical exercises are part of these exercises as well. A wide range of options in exercises will let you customize your goals for learning the piano. Free on the iTunes App Store.

  6. Simply Piano by JoyTunesSimply Piano by JoyTunes

    This app appeals to those of us with packed schedules. It features daily workouts and allows you to start with the basics and work your way up on your own time. Learn to play by following the guided sheet music to key association. The best thing about this app is its listening feature. The app listens as you play on your piano or keyboard and guides you on how to improve. Free on the iTunes App Store and Google Play

  7. Magic Pianomagic piano app

    If you want to play piano, without the piano, this app is for you! While it takes place exclusively on your phone or tablet, it can still help you learn notes, rhythm, and timing in a fun way. The best thing about this app is the game feature. You can earn new songs by hitting achievements in game mode. Free on the iTunes App Store and Google Play.

  8. Piano Notes!Piano Notes! app By Visions Encoded Inc.

    This is one of the great piano apps because it allows you to learn to read music notes and associate them with your piano keys. It also contains over 1000 songs to learn. Great for intermediate players to improve their sight reading skills. $1.99 on iTunes App Store

  9. Piano Dust Buster by JoyTunes 

    This amazing app works with any piano or keyboard. You can use touch mode to play on your device directly or get real-time guidance by allowing the app to listen to your piano, completely wirelessly. You can play anything from classics to the hits of today, some free and more with a subscription. Free on iTunes App Store.

  10. Pianist HDPianist HD APP

    If you learn best with the allowance to play at your own speed, this is the piano app for you. The app teaches you on a virtual keyboard that is designed to mimic a real piano. You have the ability to scroll around the keyboard and turn an authentic vibration feature on to make it feel more like you’re playing on a real piano or keyboard. Free on Google Play.

  11. Piano LessonsPiano lessons

    With a library of great video lessons, this is one of the best piano apps out there. It can teach pre-beginners up to more advanced pianists. Learn to play your favorite songs and the classics Free on iTunes App Store and Google Play.

  12. Magic White Piano: Music Tiles Magic White Piano: Music Tiles

    This fun piano playing game features daily challenges and  bonus to keep you addicted to learning your favorite songs. Impressive sound effects set this game apart from the competition. Tapping the white and black keys is a great way to learn about playing piano in this simple to play but challenging to master game. Free on iTunes App Store and Google Play.

  13. Yousician and Piano TeacherPiano Teacher

    Both apps are particularly good for beginners because it features finger position coaching, which is lacking from some of the other apps. They also have effective lessons for learning to read music and naming of the various keys and chords. Compete with friends in game mode or play for leaderboard rankings and achievements. Free on iTunes App Store for Yousician and  Google Play for Piano Teacher.

  14. Steinway Etude 

    Designed for the larger screen of an iPad, this app features a keyboard guide directly below the full page of sheet music. The color coated key indications teach you to read and play piano from a visual perspective. It also features a music video game called Piano Roll that drops the music down the screen to the color coated keys, teaching you the audible note association without the need to read sheet music. Free on the iTunes App Store.

  15. Gismart PianoGismart Piano APP

    One of the best digital piano apps out there, this app features a full 88 key piano keyboard, a game mode, and multiple musical instrument options such as organ, harpsichord, and accordion keyboard. The realistic sound allows you to learn piano entirely from your device. The playback feature is great because you can listen back to what you played to really help you learn. You can even record and share your plays with friends and family. Get it for $3.99 on Google Play.

These great piano apps are just the beginning [2]. With so many on the market, the only hard part of learning to play the piano is choosing the right app for you! Of course, the number one deciding factor should be if you want to learn to play a physical piano or keyboard, or you just want to learn the basics on your phone or tablet.

That’s It!

Learning piano just got a whole lot easier. Have fun while you learn by using piano apps.

Want more? Check out our other great blog posts like, “Best Beginner Piano Review in 2017” and “Best Digital Grand Piano Review.”

Music Advisor doesn’t just cover pianos! Check out our resources on guitar, clarinet, violin, drums, and more!

Stephanie Su
 

Started learning music when she was four years old, Stephanie is a music teacher and a music therapist who is highly proficient in Piano, Violin, Guitar, and Ukulele. She likes to learn, teach, and share her music playing experiences.

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Pete - September 15, 2018

Umm, Flowkey?!? That’s way better than the #1 on your list.

What about Piano Marvel and Piano Maestro?

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    Stephanie Su - December 31, 2018

    Thanks for the suggestion! Will add Flowkey and Piano Maestro on there soon!

    We are still testing out Piano Marvel at the moment and will consider as well.

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John - September 22, 2018

I suggest Note Quest for beginners – it’s a relatively new flashcard app for beginners.
Real piano teachers prefer its educational, progressive logic when it comes to note recognition by intervals, no frills app.
http://www.notequest.net

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    Stephanie Su - December 31, 2018

    Pretty good one for beginners! It looks like I have to separate these apps out into “beginner” and “intermediate” categories!

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Ivan - October 4, 2018

Hi,
I am a middle-aged person and I have difficulty of learning music notes.
So I develop this FindDoReMi app

FindDoReMi helps me a lot to recognize music notes, and
I believe it is useful to you and your fans.

Would you consider to try my app?
If you like it, please share it with your fans.
Thank you. 😀

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/doremi-trainer-finddoremi/id1434563407?l=zh&ls=1&mt=8

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    Stephanie Su - December 31, 2018

    Let me try it out now!

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Tauseef - October 18, 2018

Such a comprehensive list.
I am was looking for apps as alternative to simply piano and this list did the job.
thanks.

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    Stephanie Su - December 31, 2018

    Thanks! We will also update this article soon with newer articles

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John Handler - November 20, 2018

A few months ago, I knew nothing about playing the piano.

Then I read this: learn piano for beginners and now I play many popular songs perfectly by ear even though I had never learned an instrument before.

It’s easier than you think to master the piano if you know these shortcuts.

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Ilia83 - December 15, 2018

Here is one more nice app. It’s mainly for practical exercises on the real instrument, but it also includes some theoretical information.
http://appsawesome.com/pianoquiz/index.html

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paul - December 17, 2018

Simply Piano has a major bug. even tho you play a practice perfectly, it makes you play it again and again. it does not allow you to proceed. after 30 minutes on the same practice piece, you just give up and slam down the covet. SIMPLY PIANO Please fix this bug…and dont say my piano is out of tune. it is an electronic j
keyboard…

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Paul - January 2, 2019

Are there any apps that you can calibrate to your piano tuning so that you don’t get errors when playing along? I have an old piano, that’s just been tuned, but I can’t progress on simply piano or flow key cause it’s saying I’m not playing the exact note.

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    Stephanie Su - January 3, 2019

    I would start by finding out how far you are off and how many keys are off. You don’t need an app for it.

    There are online resources that you can use
    https://www.harpkit.com/online-tuner
    http://www.wtuner.com/ – this one you can turn on your microphone and it will listen to the key you played.

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Rich - January 6, 2019

Being cost-conscious, are there good piano learning apps that either have a reasonable upfront cost option, or is totally free? I’ve already tried Simply Piano & FlowKey and within an hour reached the premium payment option. Being inexperienced, I was just wondering if my expectation is possibly unrealistic.
Thanks!

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    Stephanie Su - January 7, 2019

    Most of the apps above do have premium payment. However, if you already have a learning plan, you can also try find youtube videos, from what I’ve searched, youtube videos are very fragmented.

    Learning music is indeed very expensive! Consider either paying for 30 dollars for half an hour for an actual music teacher or pay a minimized payment for a premium app that someone has planned for you.

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      Rich - January 8, 2019

      Thanks! I thought I may be assuming too much! Appreciate it & will likely go the premium app route!

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Rich - January 6, 2019

Hi,
I am a beginner and was wondering if there are any totally free learning apps, or ones with a small up-front costs? I quickly found that Simply Piano and Flow Key both have premium membership costs.
Thanks!

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    Stephanie Su - January 7, 2019

    See my answer above 🙂

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wkokoszka.pl - January 7, 2019

No simpliChords? C’mon!

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    Stephanie Su - January 8, 2019

    I played with it. Not very impressed by it. The interface/coloring seems confusing for me to suggest this.

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Trent - January 10, 2019

If your looking for music sheet music use MuseScore

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Dennis - January 30, 2019

Good post.
I’m beginner and I have an acoustic piano ( most app here are for keyboards or virtual)
I need a note recognizer function by sound or microphone and only 2 apps? (SimplyPiano, flowkey)
These 2 are so restricted to their music db sheet unlike Synthesia app ( unfortunately is for keyboard)
I hope soon show up more new apps or improve these ones

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Nicks mestry - February 12, 2019

Dear sir Which is best Piano Apps for begginers and specily
For kids

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    Stephanie Su - March 5, 2019

    Flowkey and simple piano are the ones in favor currently

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WrinkledCheese - March 3, 2019

Two of the apps are listed as paid. However, all of the listings on Google Play have “in app purchases”.

I’ve found that to mean, monthly subscription after 5-30 minutes. Could you update the prices to reflect this hefty subscription model, rather than saying “Free” for a waste of time?

I’m looking for something for my 5 year old son. I liked the heard what you play featured. He can play on a borrowed keyboard to see if he’s interested. He started clapping and reading sheet music randomly today. So far the only app I can find that’s actually free for Android is Zebra keys.

However, I was hoping to find something like flow key or simply piano. However these apps have monthly recurring fees.

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    Stephanie Su - March 5, 2019

    Hi I really like what you have suggested. I’ll put this on my priority list this week and update the “in app purchase” price for each app

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Ntonetta Sebastian - May 20, 2019

I want to learn a complete piano

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Asa - May 28, 2019

I notice that Mussila is missing from your list. This app is great for kids who want to learn how to play and read music through fun games and challenges. It also teaches basic theory, different instruments and has a dj session to play around with. It has a very nice look and adorable avatars.
http://www.mussila.com

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Riya Patel - August 12, 2019

Very informative article! Thanks so much for taking the time to write such a comprehensive article. This was super helpful for a newbie like me.

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asim shah - September 22, 2019

I personally used these many of piano keyboards but I love to use the flow key it’s the best I also gathered information about android keyboards you can check it

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